Posts Tagged ‘The Mass Romantics’

Tell Me, Tell Me

April 14, 2009

I’ve got stories galore and a few moves in store

Doug Folkins

King Henry’s Good Times

New episode of The Alder Fork Podcast is available here, on iTunes or over there–>.

It features a fun interview with Amanda Putz of the CBC.  She has been a host on CBC Radio’s Bandwith and Fuse.  She can be heard hosting on CBC Radio 3, and is involved in B.C. Scene in Ottawa.  For more about Amanda check out her bio on the ever reliable Wikipedia.

Featured music is by Doug Folkins and The Mass Romantics.  You can read my review of Doug’s latest album here, and hear Max’s visit to the podcast here.

I asked Amanda for 5 Canadian indie bands we should be listening to right now, and she gave me 6. Here they are with links to their websites:

Said the Whale

Dan Mangan

Justin Rutledge

Meredith Luce

NQ Arbuckle

Jill Zmud

Jenn Grant

This is a great list. Take some time and check these acts out.

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The Roof Is Leaking

December 29, 2008

It’s written in a book!

Phil Collins

Behind The Lines

New podcast is up today. As usual you can find it over there –>.  This week I am doing a vinyl album review of Phil Collins’ Face Value. I’m also featuring the music of two instrumental acts.

The first group is a local Hamilton outfit called Euphonic. They are a trio consisting of guitar, cello and drums. The music combines elements of jazz, fusion, and other more traditional styles, along with a contemporary sensibility. They have a concert on Friday January 2nd starting at 7pm at Centenary United Church (24 Main St. West in Hamilton). What the Folk will be joining them for that show.  It promises to be a great time! For more info about Euphonic check out their website. Music by What the Folk will be on a future episode of the podcast.

The second featured artist is Phoenix Rising, a duo of San Francisco area musicians, Monica Williams (Flute) and Wendy Loomis (Piano). Their latest album Ascension is a 7 track exploration of meditation, and relaxation with each track corresponding to one of the 7 chakras of Hindu spirituality.  One nice feature of the album is that the key of each track is one step above the previous. Meaning the album literally ascends musically. If you are looking for an entertaining and relaxing collection of well composed and beautifully played songs this is the grou for you.  For more information about this popular American duo visit their website.

The next episode will be up Friday and should feature Max of The Mass Romantics.

To my friends and listeners, I am going to begin posting my podcast updates through facebook and email to contact those who have not subscribed to the RSS feed. You will be able to opt out of this, but you need to let me know by replying to the message I send you. That’s it for today I will be back as usual tomorrow!

I’m Not Your Cup of Tea

December 1, 2008

Looky looky I got Hooky!

Rufio

Hook

New episode of the podcast will be up in the morning. This one features some of the music of The Mass Romantics, a discussion of volunteerism, and an interview with Dave and Crystal Fallis about the hilarious times of Pinstripe Mystery. You can find it on iTunes.

I chose to quote Hook today because it is a ridiculous and yet charming movie, and this post will be ridiculous. I want to point out some of the links I’ve added over on the side there, you know over there–>. We have Daivd Hein’s music. He’s a talented singer-songwriter from Toronto. There is also The James Clark Institute, one of my upcoming guests on The Alder Fork Podcast. His new album is great! There is also a link to The Mass Romantics, a group composed of my friend Max and his musical talents.  I have also added Lovesick Designs, which is the work of my old friend Caillin Kowalczyk.  He sells t-shirts and will do commission work as well. He is extremely talented so click on the link and discover his work. The final new link is my friend Iwona’s guide to medical testing in Toronto. Don’t laugh, lots of people make hundreds and thousands of dollars being medical guinea pigs. Check it out, even if you just want to laugh at what people will endure for money.

Alright that’s enough advertising for one day.  Has this blog become a billboard for other things? Not really. There are still a great many things to discuss.  I am interested in hearing from the readers of this blog about what specifically Canadian artists, musicians, and theatrical folk they enjoy.  With the internet it is really easy to find these people, but it must’ve been a real challenge twenty years ago. If you get a chance to travel to Ottawa I highly recommend the National Art Gallery. I was particular impressed with the Group of Seven area (no surprise given my extreme love for them).  I was blown away by the panels taken out of the MacCallum Jackman cottage.  Imagine going away to a cottage deep in the wilderness and having incredible beauty outside and inside. I wish I had the means to pay talented artists to use my house as a canvas. Art on the wall is nice, but when art is the wall, it’s even better. Really if you can get to any gallery that showcases top notch Canadian art, I’d highly recommend it.  We have a strong tradition of unique and diverse culture.

Tomorrow I want to discuss a favourite album of mine, one I’ve listened to many, many times in my life: the self-titled debut disc by Wide Mouth Mason. It’s Canadian, from the prairies, and a rock classic (at least I think so).